A native Italian, Emiliana F. Caldarelli received a Laurea in Political Science from the University of Florence (1996). In 1994, during her graduate studies, she earned a scholarship, from Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she conducted a research study, coordinated by the University of Florence, about the financing of political campaigns. Since then, she has been working with American students in Italy, volunteering as coordinator and tutor for American students enrolled on the Rutgers Study Abroad Program in Florence. From 1997 until 2002, she taught classes on Italian culture, politics and history to American Universities Programs in Florence including Rutgers Junior Year in Florence, Richmond College, Portland Community College and University of San Diego - Law School. Emiliana is also a member of the Tuscan American Association. She was CET's Siena Resident Director (2001-2003) and continued as Florence Resident Director (2003-2004) and then as Italy Programs Director (since 2004). Emiliana has taught Italian Culture and Society in Historical Perspective for CET in Siena and Florence.